Safe water for better lives in Thet Kal Thaung village

World Water Day, on 22 March, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources.

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In Myanmar, it is also estimated that 12.2% of the population does not use water treatment, and unsafe drinking-water coverage is 33.1% and availability of water is a major constraint to rural livelihoods, according to multiple indicator cluster survey 2009-2010.

In order to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of vulnerable people in Myanmar, KT Care has been supporting the safe water supply in rural areas. In May, 2008, KT Care excavated two lakes for the community water source along with the reconstruction of the damaged monastery, primary school and bridge in Thet Kel Thaung village tract in the southern most part of Delta which was affected by Cyclone Nargis .

Access to safe water is one component of the infrastructure projects as a part of KT Care’s mission, to restore dignity and improve the socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable people in Myanmar.

“I’ll return to my home with a fixed palate and play nonstop with my friends…..”

Nway Yu Hlaing (4-years old) is from Pyapon Township,Ayarwaddy Region. Having been born with a cleft palate, she was discriminated against by her playmates because they saw her as different from normal. Now, following the cleft palate surgery she received from KT Care she is very happy, and says “I’ll return to my home with a fixed palate and play nonstop with my friends”.

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In February, KT Care provided cleft lip/palate surgery to 10 children who come from different regions of Myanmar. Cleft lip and cleft palate surgery usually results in increased self esteem, self confidence and satisfaction with appearance.

 

KT Care celebrates International Women’s Day through BSR’s HERhealth

International Women’s Day on March 8 is a day to celebrate women and their achievements. It’s also a day to take stock of how women’s rights, especially the right to health, are fulfilled in the world. The idea for an International Women’s Day arose around the turn of the 20th century a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.

Over time, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition, and the theme was expanded by the United Nations in 1975 with the International Women’s Year. By 1977, the United Nations had adopted a resolution designating March 8 as International Women’s Day.

Women in Myanmar still face many health problems and we must commit to addressing them.It has a high maternal mortality rate with 240 deaths per 100,000 live births. Postpartum hemorrhage, eclampsia and complications from unsafe abortions are the leading causes of maternal deaths, according to the government’s 2006-2011 National Health Plan.

Next to Thailand, HIV/AIDS prevalence is highest in Myanmar. Nearly 3 percent of new HIV infections may be attributed to mother-to-child transmission. Factors which may limit women’s access to HIV services are related to their lower status in the household, lower literacy rate, less access to health information, and exclusion from decision-making in household health action and expenditure, as well as stigma.

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Particularly, low-income women workers have low awareness of their health needs, while myths and misconceptions, especially stigmas around reproductive health, lead to unhealthy or dangerous behavior. Women workers in factories are at a high level of risk for general and reproductive health problems, and have limited access to health products and services.

In order to improve the socio-economic status of women factory workers in Myanmar, KT Care has been implementing BSR’s HERproject, which aims to increase the health awareness of over 1260 women factory workers in Yangon. KT Care is the only organization in Myanmar that was selected to implement in this innovative program.

The project aims not only to improve women’s health awareness and behavior but also to use these plans to enhance the overall effectiveness of the business. This is accomplished by working with those in management positions within the company to help them understand the goals, methods, and benefits of HERproject.

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For more detailed information on the project, please contact to Thet Ko Ko – Communications Manager, KT Care Foundation, communicationsmanager@ktcare.org, info@ktcare.org or +951 527522 and +951 527516.

Note:

  • BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.
  • HERproject is a BSR initiative that catalyzes partnerships among international brand-name companies, suppliers, and NGOs to implement women’s empowerment programs in factories around the world through two programs, HERhealth (created in 2007) and HERfinance (launched in 2012).

Bill Gate names the chart as the most beautiful one in the world

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The major achievement of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is the reduction of children’s mortality. In a recent tweet, Bill Gates points to the chart showing how the number of children’s deaths was cut in half, names it “the most beautiful chart in the world”. Since 1990, 122 million children’s lives have been saved through the public health programs by the foundation.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a private foundation founded by Billand Melinda Gates in 1997, which is to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty.

“Reducing childhood mortality is the heart of the work for us,” Gates said in the annual letter. “Virtually all advances in society — nutrition, education, access to contraceptives, gender equity, economic growth — show up as gains in the childhood mortality chart, and every gain in this chart shows up in gains for society.”The biggest reason for the reduction in children’s mortality the Gates attributes to vaccines, which now cover about 86% of the global population.

According to the World Health Organization, 5.9 million children under the age of five died in 2015 due to conditions that could have been prevented or treated.

Source: Business insider, Wikipedia

KT Care attends Myanmar Social Impact Forum

Febuary 28- KT Care attended the Myanmar Social Impact Forum, organized by Asian Venture Philanthropy Network – AVPN at Chatrium Hotal, Yangon and shared experience in social impact activities by KT Care as well as could build the network with expects and social entrepreneurs from Myanmar and other countries to extend social responsibility projects in health, education and rural development.

 

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